Works/Obedience as the FRUIT of Justification, not the ROOT of it.

12 Oct

Here’s a precious nugget from John Piper in his book, The Future of Justification (which, can be downloaded for free as a pdf file) in which describes the proper place of works/obedience in relation to faith.  Just the conclusion to this book alone is worth reading.

Our mind-set toward our own good works must always be: These works depend on God being totally for us. That’s what the blood and righteousness of Christ have secured and guaranteed forever. Therefore, we must resist every tendency to think of our works as establishing or securing the fact that God is for us forever. It is always the other way around. Because he is for us, he sustains our faith. And through that faith-sustaining work, the Holy Spirit bears the fruit of love.


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